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Popular Tourist Destinations and Attractions in Turkey

Turkey is truly where East meets West and it is precisely this mixture that makes travel in Turkey so interesting. The country remains an excellent vacation destination and one of our recommended best places to visit, it is likely that Turkey will be as inviting location in the future as it is today.

Turkey has 81 main cities for you to explore. From these you can plan your trip to iconic destinations. Every city has some unique characteristics, attractions and festivals. Turkey is a country of great diversity, in terms of both culture and economics. Big Turkish cities usually enjoy a more modern, western style culture and a wide array of economical options.

Turkey offers a wealth of different kinds of destinations to travelers. From the dome and minaret filled skyline of Istanbul to the Roman ruins along the western and southern coasts, from the beaches of Antalya and the Mediterranean seaside resorts to the misty mountains of Eastern Black Sea. So consider this list of some popular tourist destinations as just the start of a great holiday in Turkey.

Some Popular Tourist Destinations in Turkey


Welcome to the city of the past, the present and the future. Istanbul not only joins continents, it also joins cultures and people.


In an extraordinary meeting of nature’s artistic splendor and humankind’s resourcefulness, Cappadocia is one of those rare places that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime


Ankara, Turkey’s capital city, is important to diplomats, bureaucrats, lobbyists and military, and has some significant sights for visitors.


Come to Bursa, due south of Istanbul across the Sea of Marmara, for its beautiful mosques and other early Ottoman architecture, for its silk-filled bazaars, its thermal spa baths and hotels.


Welcome to the monumental city of Edirne, the city is located in Thrace part of the Marmara region of Turkey, also known as the happiness city.


Safranbolu is best known for its listing in 1994 on the UNESCO World Heritage list for its well preserved Ottoman era houses and architecture.

Archaeological Site of Troy

Troy was an ancient city situated in Asia Minor, northwest of modern Turkey. It is in the south of Dardanelles/Hellespont. Troy is the side where the Trojan War happened, mentioned in the Greek Epic Cycle and Iliad, which was written by Homers

Gallipoli Peninsula

This area is known for the war cemeteries and memorials for the Turkish and foreign soldiers killed during the Canakkale Sea and shore battles in 1915. There are sunken ships, trenches, castles, towers and hundreds of remains of the war.

Pergamon Ancient City

Pergamon was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, and it has been one the rare settlements that has survived several invasions and devastations over the ages, but reoccupied again on the merits of its strategic location. Its most remarkable monuments and buildings date as far back as 197-159 BC and include the Hellenistic Theater, the Trajaneum (Sanctuary of Trajan), and Atheneum (the Library).


Located in the west of Turkey and on the Aegean shores, Izmir, the pearl of the Aegean, is the third largest city in Turkey. With its 8.500 year history, fertile land, favorable climate, 629 km coastline, 300 sunny days a year, a sea that offers every shade of blue and the heritage left behind by the 32 civilizations it has been a home to, Izmir is ready for you to discover.

Ephesus and Kusadasi

Ephesus - The ruins of Ephesus is 18km away from Kusadasi and it is one of the best preserved ancient cities of the world. It was built by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists in the 10BC and it is a very important UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site. The city was famed for the nearby Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus is also an important place for Christians. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia Minor.

Pamukkale and Hierapolis

Pamukkale is one of Turkey’s incomparable natural wonder with the calcium cascade terraces of snow white stalactites and is known as 8th wonder of the World by Turkish people.